I love citrus adjunct hard ciders. This is because I like the bitters and aroma you can get from the peel. My favorites are pink grapefruit, guava, and orange. I think these tend to have a sweetness in the aroma that provides more balance to the bitter and acidic nature of the citrus. I also like them because you don’t often lose the aroma of citrus in the fermentation process. You can generally be certain it will be there at the end.
Arizona has a lot of citrus fruit available locally. I even have several trees in the backyard. This also makes it great local fruit adjunct for me to use. However, that’s not the only adjunct I used for this hard cider. Besides including some oranges, I decided to further augment that flavor profile with some hops. Many hops are known for their citrus notes. For this hard cider recipe, I included Citra hops as a dry hop addition in secondary process.
Checkout the hard cider recipe for Bitter Orange in my hard cider recipe section. Here is a direct link as well as a quick link to all my recipes.
I hope you enjoy this hard cider recipe . If you have questions about making hard cider, you can leave me a comment, contact me, or get a copy of my book. It’s now available as both an ebook or a large format full color paperback.